Advanced Chemical Reactor Technologies for Biodiesel Production from Vegetable Oils - A Review

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Biodiesel is an alternative biofuel that can replace diesel oil without requiring modifications to the engine and advantageously produces cleaner emissions. Biodiesel can be produced through transesterification process between oil or fat and alcohol to form esters and glycerol. The transesterification can be carried out with or without a catalyst. The catalyzed production of biodiesel can be performed by using homogeneous, heterogeneous and enzyme. Meanwhile, non-catalytic transesterification with supercritical alcohol provides a new way of producing biodiesel. Microwave and ultrasound assisted transesterification significantly can reduce reaction time as well as improve product yields. Another process, a plasma technology is promising for biodiesel synthesis from vegetable oils due to very short reaction time, no soap formation and no glycerol as a by-product. This paper reviews briefly the technologies on transesterification reaction for biodiesel production using homogeneous, heterogeneous, and enzyme catalysts, as well as advanced methods (supercritical, microwave, ultrasonic, and plasma technology). Advantages and disadvantages of each method were described comprehensively. Copyright © 2016 BCREC GROUP. All rights reserved

Received: 17th May 2016; Revised: 20th September 2016; Accepted: 20th September 2016

How to Cite: Buchori, L., Istadi, I., Purwanto, P. (2016). Advanced Chemical Reactor Technologies for Biodiesel Production from Vegetable Oils - A Review. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 11 (3): 406-430 (doi:10.9767/bcrec.11.3.490.406-430)



biodiesel; transesterification; advantage and disadvantage; catalytic and non-catalytic process; plasma technology

  1. Luqman Buchori 
    Diponegoro University, Indonesia
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  2. Istadi Istadi 
    Diponegoro University, Indonesia
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  3. Purwanto Purwanto 
    Diponegoro University, Indonesia
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
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